Grants Available for Texas' Endangered Historic Places

Owners of rapidly deteriorating historic or archeological resources in Texas can apply for grant funding from the Texas Historical Commission (THC). The THC encourages applications for projects that involve properties, sites, or collections that address issues of ethnic diversity and other historically underserved subjects, groups, and property types. Heritage education projects are also eligible for funding.

The total amount available for the Fiscal Year 2020 grant cycle is $248,625. THC anticipates grant awards to be in the $10,000-$30,000 range. A one-to-one cash match will be required. THC staff will score projects based on endangerment, significance, project viability, and special considerations. This year, the THC has a special earmark of grant funds available for up to $105,777 for projects located in Galveston County.

The THC's Texas Preservation Trust Fund (TPTF) grant application period is open until 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. The purpose of the Fiscal Year 2020 TPTF Grant Program is to provide grant funding to preserve rapidly deteriorating historic structures and archeological resources. Heritage education grants can be awarded for projects that involve training and education about historic resources and preservation techniques.

The grant program application guide is available on the THC’s website at

Created by the Texas Legislature in 1989, the TPTF is an interest-earning pool of public and private monies. The THC awards grants for preservation projects from the TPTF on a yearly basis. The fund is currently managed by the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company, and investment earnings are distributed as grants to qualified applicants. For more information, contact the THC’s Architecture Division at 512-463-6094.